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Prince a Semifinalist for Johnny Bench Award

ATLANTA (May 17) — Georgia Tech catcher Bryan Prince is one of ten semifinalists for the inaugural Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year award, announced today, May 17, by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Prince, a junior from Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., is the cleanup hitter for the third-ranked Yellow Jackets, who open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament against Duke today at 1:30 p.m.

The 6-2, 200-pounder is batting .386 with seven home runs and 65 runs batted in. He ranks third in the ACC in batting, behind teammates Mark Teixeira and Richard Lewis, and third in league in RBI, behind Teixeira and teammate Jason Basil. Prince has thrown ot 16 of 50 (32 percent) runners attempting to steal.

The list of semifinalists also includes: Justin Cowan, Nebraska, Senior; Brad Cresse, LSU, Senior; Danny Massiatte, Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior; Casey Myers, Arizona State, Junior; Brandon Pack, South Carolina, Junior; Dane Sardinha, Pepperdine, Junior; Mike Tonis, California, Junior; Scott Walker, Loyola Marymount, Junior; and John Wilson, Kentucky, Junior.

Three finalists will be announced during the College World Series, with the winner named at the third annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 20.

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